The Boston Celtics' masterplan was going swimmingly until it wasn't. Apparently GMs don't want the Brooklyn Nets' draft picks nearly as much Danny Ainge anticipated. Luckily, the Golden State Warriors offseason moves have crushed the rest of the Western Conference's championship hopes, creating something of a selling season for franchises looking to retool for a time when Kevin Durant and Steph Curry aren't playing together for 38 minutes a game.
According to The Sporting News, one of those teams is the Los Angeles Clippers, who are reportedly in talks with Boston to acquire the picks in exchange for remaining two years, $42 million of Blake Griffin's contract.
The likely target for the Celtics, according to front-office sources, is Clippers forward Blake Griffin. The Clippers have been weighing trading Griffin all season , and the possibility of a three-team package involving Sacramento sending Rudy Gay to the Clippers has emerged. The Celtics would give up some number of their upcoming draft picks, but opposing front-office members say they don't want to give up either Brooklyn pick Boston can own in the next two years.
On the heels of signing free agent center Al Horford to a 4-year, $123 million deal, the Celtics current payroll situation is a bit crowded, but with the cap increase, they'll have roughly $26 million-worth of space this season. That means they can shift either (or more likely both) of the 2017 and 2018 first-rounders they plundered from Brooklyn without having to include the league's defensive point guard de jour Avery Bradley to make room.
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